The statistics are staggering, and six months into this terrible pandemic, people are still continuing to lose their life to the coronavirus. While losing someone close is always difficult, coping and healing after losing a loved one to Covid-19 is more complicated. If you had to take someone off life support, couldn't say a proper good-bye, or couldn't hold a funeral service, it can be traumatic, and the ever-present news about the pandemic is a constant reminder of your loss. If you've lost a dear loved one to the dreaded Covid-19 disease, it's important to understand ways to work through your grief. Here are 3 strategies to consider:
1. Take care of yourself. Don't blame or judge yourself for what happened. While physical connection with family may not yet be safe, there are other ways to cope with stress, including spending time outdoors, journaling, watching your favorite movies, eating healthy foods, and exercising.
2. Find creative ways to remember and honor your loved one. Try to not focus on the traumatic circumstances surrounding the loss. If the death occurred quickly, or you were also sick and couldn't be with family at the time, it can create feelings of helplessness and intense grief. Initiate regular virtual gatherings with family and friends to remember the good times and celebrate your loved one.
3. Reach out for support. "The isolation that families have experienced during this period has been devastating," said John Adolf, Director of Adolf Funeral Services. "Being unable to be near those we love while they are dying creates an even greater sense of loss. During this time I'm helping people understand their options and how they can best address the needs of their immediate family." The journey through grief is more bearable when you connect with friends and family for support. Consider joining an online grief support group or undergo individual counseling to guide you through this difficult time.
Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services
John R. Adolf, Director
7000 South Madison Street
Willowbrook, IL 60527
2921 South Harlem Avenue
Berwyn, IL 60402